Safe House/Tiny House Bundle Sale!

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The release date for Safe House, Buchanan House: Book Four, is coming soon! To celebrate, Dreamspinner has created a bundle sale—Pre-order Safe House and get Tiny House (Buchanan House: Book Three) for $0.99! The sale runs September 12 until release day—September 19!

This is a true series so to get the most out of it I recommend to read the books in order. With that in mind I’ve stocked a Rafflecopter with two chances to win the first book in the series, Buchanan House. Visit any stop on my tour between September 12th and October 1st to enter!

 

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It’s never too late for a new beginning…

Kyle Shimoda is an asshole magnet, has been for as long as he can remember. At forty-seven, he doesn’t see much chance for improving his luck in love. His friends who run Buchanan House, a gay retreat on the central Oregon coast, know he wants to find “someone nice” to settle down with, and they set him up with Officer Brandon Smith. Kyle has a turbulent history with law enforcement, but he can’t deny his attraction to the buff cop.

Brandon has been a police officer in Lincoln City almost since the day he graduated from high school over thirty years ago. He’s cultivated the facade of a serious, disciplined law enforcement officer, but beneath his overdeveloped chest beats the soft heart of a drama queen. A cancer scare shifts Bran’s focus from finding a serious relationship to having as much sex as he can—putting his goals squarely at odds with Kyle’s. If he can’t find the courage to be honest about his feelings for Kyle, the happiness they’ve both been searching for could slip through their fingers.

 

Read Chapter One at the Dreamspinner store to meet Kyle. Meet Brandon in the excerpt below.

 

Chapter Two

Brandon barely paid attention as he drove between the cemetery and the apartment he shared with two roommates. He’d hoped to find a voice mail from the doctor after the funeral, but no such luck. He did find one saying the new guy, Dylan, had called in sick, and Brandon was expected at work within the hour. He would have been happier to stay at the cemetery and talk with Paulie a little longer. And Kyle. Bran had met Kyle before, but they hadn’t spoken. He had noticed then how handsome Kyle was, and he was even more striking with his hair longer, framing his high cheekbones and full, sensuous mouth. His silky black hair looked so touchable.

This isn’t getting me to work any faster.

At least work will be a distraction.

He hurried home and changed into his uniform. His quick spot check in the bathroom mirror turned into a lingering appraisal. Brandon ran an open hand over his chest, not to smooth the impeccable fabric of his uniform shirt, but to reassure himself that nothing had changed. He grimaced at his reflection, thinking a little less gray and a little more brown in his hair might be a nice change.

Brandon shivered as he recalled the MRI he’d endured three days prior, which had revealed a suspicious lump in his chest. Forty-seven minutes in a tiny tube while the machine hummed and took pictures of his breast and lymph tissue. Just thinking about the way it had felt to lie there made him shiver—it was worse than the needle biopsy he’d had the following day. With every inhale his shoulders had brushed the walls of the tube on both sides, and less than halfway through he’d had to talk himself out of fleeing. He wasn’t a tall man—something that had bothered him throughout his life—but until that day he had taken pride in his body, in the bulk he’d cultivated without sacrificing speed or agility.

During that forty-seven minutes, he would have been happy to trade his broad shoulders for a smaller frame.

Since I’m making empty wishes, I might as well make one for a better-looking face. A face that could attract a handsome young guy like Kyle instead of scaring him half to death.

Bran’s stomach roiled at his own thoughts, and he resolved to not even think the word death again until—unless—he had to. He was tempted to forgo shaving the sandy brown stubble from his face but fell back on the habit, hoping for the comfort a routine could provide, and reached for his electric razor.

Everything seemed to be happening so fast. Less than a week ago he’d gone in for his yearly physical, and now he was waiting for the call that would tell him whether he needed to make another appointment for that week or next year. In the interim he’d been squeezed into a tube and had a biopsy. And relived the worst time in his life over and over, the time when he’d learned about his father’s diagnosis.

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Pre-0rder Safe House at the Dreamspinner store and get Tiny House for $0.99! Sept. 12-19: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/safe-house-by-charley-descoteaux-7536-b

 

Enter Sept 12 – Oct 1!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Three winners! Prizes: One signed paperback of Safe House (US Only); one ebook copy of book one of the series, Buchanan House; one backlist book (any ebook except Safe House)

 

BIO

Charley Descoteaux has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. In exchange, they’ve agreed to let her sleep once in a while. Charley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during a drought, and found her true home in the soggy Pacific Northwest. She has survived earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods, but couldn’t make it through one day without stories.

 

Rattle my cages:

Blog:  https://cdescoteauxwrites.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/charley.descoteaux.3

Dreamspinner Author Page: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=879

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CharleyDescote

Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/aqe7g7r

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/charleydescote/

 

Series: Buchanan House

Book Number: 4

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date:  September 19, 2016

Pages:  200

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

 

 

Tiny Tour for Tiny House Day Four: Hearts on Fire!

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The last stop on my Tiny Tour is today–at Hearts on Fire! We’re talking about imperfect and underrepresented heroes in Romance and i’m giving away two copies of Book #1 in the series, Buchanan House! Of course, there’s also an exclusive excerpt. This one is all about body image (if you want to know whose, you’ll have to go read the post :)). Hope to see you there!

Click here to visit me at Hearts on Fire!

 

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Tiny Tour for Tiny House Day Three: Love Bytes!

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The Tiny Tour continues today with a stop at Love Bytes! I’m talking about the inspiration for the tiny house and a bit about the series, including a teaser about what to expect in book four. Of course, there’s also a giveaway! To enter all you have to do is share something about your dream house. Hope to see you there!

Click here to visit me at Love Bytes!

 

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Tiny Tour for Tiny House Day Two: MM Good Book Reviews!

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The Tiny Tour continues today with a stop at MM Good Book Reviews. The title of the post is Torturing Nathan and i’m sharing a little about how his character developed in Tiny House. Of course, there’s also a giveaway! To enter all you have to do is share a surprising moment. Hope to see you there!

Click here to visit me at MM Good Book Reviews!

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Tiny Tour for Tiny House!

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Today is the first stop on my tiny tour for Tiny House. Like the sign* says–every stop includes an exclusive excerpt and at least one ebook copy of the first book in the series to a random commenter on that post.

Today we’re talking about favorite tropes. Click here to visit me at Sinfully!

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*Disclaimer: i made the graphic myself (which is what happens when you put things off to the last minute!). Probably (painfully) obvious, but i wanted to be sure nobody thought any of the lovely artists i’ve worked with in the past were responsible.

Hop Against Homophobia, Bi- and Transphobia! #HAHABT

 Welcome to this year’s Hop, and Happy Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia!

The first year I participated in this hop it was the Hop Against Homophobia, last year saw the addition of Transphobia, and this year we’re also working to combat Biphobia. The last two are things I encounter on a daily basis, so in my humble opinion this hop gets better every year. 🙂

In my post, I’m going to talk a little about biphobia and give away winner’s choice of one of my backlist books. All you have to do to enter is answer the question by commenting on this post, anytime between now and May 24th at midnight Pacific time.

I hope you all have a lot of fun on the hop, and get some good conversations going!

First, there seems to be a bit of confusion about what bisexuality actually is. And since understanding is an important step toward acceptance, here it is in a nutshell. Bisexuals are not reinforcing society’s artificially-imposed gender binary solely by existing, we don’t dislike or exclude the trans community (many trans individuals are also bisexual) and we’re not, as a whole, indecisive or greedy.

So what does it mean to be bisexual?

It means being attracted to people of the same gender, or a different gender. That last bit is important. “A different gender” doesn’t mean a specific gender, it means “a gender by which the bisexual in question does not identify.”

It’s that simple and that complex.

I understand it can be difficult for monosexuals to wrap their heads around—just like I can’t fully understand what it’s like to only be attracted to one gender. In the spirit of the Hop Against Homophobia, Bi- and Transphobia, I’ll try to explain my own experience.

What it starts and ends with is the individual, their personality, shared experience and interests, and whether or not we click.

In my five decades on this planet, i’ve had… a couple of relationships. When I was with a man, I was still bisexual. When I was with a woman, yep, you guessed it—still bisexual. Some people out there might be nodding and thinking I’m promiscuous, but they would be wrong. (Probably… depending on their personal definition of promiscuous. ;))

All things being equal (although we know they never are, please come along with me for the ride :)) I am just as likely to be romantically and/or sexually attracted to someone who identifies as female as to someone who identifies as male or genderqueer/fluid or agender, or any of the other variants that exist. It depends on the individual. This makes it almost impossible for me to use online dating services, by the way. If I say I’m looking for a woman and identify as bi nobody responds; if looking for a man and say I’m bi, I get couples looking for a threesome or a unicorn.

Biphobia makes a lot of bisexuals feel as though we have to hide our true identity or be rejected. Some choose to identify as queer to get around that, some don’t; some folks who identify as queer are not bisexual. This is why it’s important to push back against biphobia, so we can identify as we wish, without fear. I’ve come out of and been pushed back into a lot of closets since the ‘70s—by members of the mainstream heterosexual community and by the LGBTQ+ community. Neither is any fun, but it’s far more difficult to be given the stink-eye by someone (or a whole lot of someones all at once) who also identify somewhere along the queer spectrum.

 

Well, I think that’s enough for one post. Now I’m going to ask you a question, and if you answer in the comments you’re in the running to choose a book from my backlist.

By the way, the choice also includes the Harmony Ink Press anthology First Time for Everything—US residents can get a paperback copy if they’d like to pass it on to a teen or a library after reading it. Click here for a list of my adult backlist titles.

Okay, it’s not really a question, more like a task: name a book with either a bisexual or transgender main character. Name one that has never appeared on any bestseller list, and that’ll get you two entries.

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to visit the rest of the blogs on the #HAHABT, participate in the dialogue and maybe end up with a prize. 🙂

Click here to go to the #HAHABT blog and find the list!

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Holiday #Giveaway and Backlist Book Bump #Winners!

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Thanks to too much work and too little sleep, i messed up the end time for the Rafflecopter. Sorry it ended early!

I thought Rafflecopter sounded too good to be true, but now I understand why it’s used so often. I hope it was as easy for you to enter!

Okay, to the good part!

Here are the winners!

#1: Hand Knit Snowflake Hat goes to HB!

#2: $10 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press belongs to Jen CW!

#3: ebook copy of “Toy Run” — for Denise Dechane

#4: signed paperback copy of The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds — Ardent Ereader!

#5: ebook of choice from my catalog — Debra Guyette!

I’ve emailed everyone, and will get the prizes out as soon as I have everyone’s information. Thanks so much for taking part in my holiday giveaway and backlist book bump!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

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I’m flashing over on Kim Fielding’s blog!

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Check out a bit of flash fiction, featuring Ian from “Toy Run”, and enter my Rafflecopter!

http://www.kfieldingwrites.com/please-welcome-charley-descoteaux/

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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Holiday #Giveaway and Backlist Book Bump!

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If you’re reading this on Black Friday I’m sleeping… or writing, or maybe watching a movie… but I’m not shopping. I’m being lazy and saving my money for Shop Small Saturday, in which I will spend way too much money at a LYS (Local Yarn Shop, for you non-knitters out there :)).

Thanks to the magic of pre-scheduled blog posts I’m doing all of those things AND launching my holiday giveaway! I love tech. 😀

Here’s the link to the Rafflecopter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

And here’s what you could score:

#1: Hand Knit Snowflake Hat

#2: $10 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press

#3: ebook copy of “Toy Run”

#4: signed paperback copy of The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds

#5: ebook of choice from my catalog

The hat was a blast to knit–i made it a little large, which means you can wear it slouchy or pulled down over your ears for maximum coverage, with the cuff folded or flat! You could even give it to that special melon-head in your life (believe me, I know how difficult it can be to find a hat large enough to cover one’s overly-large noggin). 🙂

The Rafflecopter will make the rounds for three weeks. Winners will be announced December 20th on my blog.

While the Rafflecopter makes the rounds, it’ll come with bits and bobs from my holiday story “Toy Run”. I’ll be sharing excerpts, some flash fiction, backstory, and whatever else knocks loose along the way.

Where and When:

Nov. 29: Tempeste O’Riley

Dec. 1: Grace R. Duncan

Dec. 8: Jana Denardo

Dec. 10: Kim Fielding

Dec. 11: Amber Kell

Dec. 16: Anne Barwell

Dec. 18: Skylar Cates

 

ToyRun_FBThumb“Toy Run” by Charley Descoteaux

Former physical therapist and reluctant loner Ian Bowen has spent the three years since his grandfather’s death searching for a man to inspire him to park his Harley for a while—without much hope of finding him. On a whim, he shows up for a Toy Run and meets Ed Gonzalez, another loner with a pile of toys lashed to his bike. A few beers at the end-of-the-run party turn into an invite to Ed’s for homebrew. But instead of a night of fun, the unseasonable cold renders Ed immobile with pain. When he tells Ian he just needs meds, Ian does one of the things he does best—he massages Ed’s pain away, allowing him a rare restful night’s sleep and creating intimacy neither wants to lose. Ian thinks two men have to follow certain rules to be together, but Ed’s prepared to show him how wrong he is.

Toy Run is available to purchase from Dreamspinner Press.

 

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Holiday #Giveaway and Backlist Book Bump!

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I won’t have a new holiday story out this year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get into the holiday spirit! This year I’m going retro–as in a backlist book bump giveaway. Along with some new goodies.

Everybody likes to get presents, and since I can’t send fudge or Mexican Wedding Cakes through the tubes, I’ll have to settle for less tasty gifts.

 

#1: Hand Knit Snowflake Hat

#2: $10 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press

#3: ebook copy of “Toy Run”

#4: signed paperback copy of The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds

#5: ebook of choice from my catalog

The hat was a blast to knit–i made it a little large, which means you can wear it slouchy or pulled down over your ears for maximum coverage, with the cuff folded or flat! You could even give it to that special melon-head in your life (believe me, I know how difficult it can be to find a hat large enough to cover one’s overly-large noggin). 🙂

The Rafflecopter will make the rounds for three weeks beginning on Black Friday. Winners will be announced December 20th on my blog.

While the Rafflecopter makes the rounds, it’ll come with bits and bobs from my holiday story “Toy Run”. I’ll be sharing excerpts, some flash fiction, and backstory, and whatever else knocks loose along the way.

Where and When:

Nov. 29: Tempeste O’Riley

Dec. 1: Grace R. Duncan

Dec. 8: Jana Denardo

Dec. 10: Kim Fielding

Dec. 11: Amber Kell

Dec. 16: Anne Barwell

Dec. 18: Skylar Cates

Rafflecopter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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“Toy Run” by Charley Descoteaux

Former physical therapist and reluctant loner Ian Bowen has spent the three years since his grandfather’s death searching for a man to inspire him to park his Harley for a while—without much hope of finding him. On a whim, he shows up for a Toy Run and meets Ed Gonzalez, another loner with a pile of toys lashed to his bike. A few beers at the end-of-the-run party turn into an invite to Ed’s for homebrew. But instead of a night of fun, the unseasonable cold renders Ed immobile with pain. When he tells Ian he just needs meds, Ian does one of the things he does best—he massages Ed’s pain away, allowing him a rare restful night’s sleep and creating intimacy neither wants to lose. Ian thinks two men have to follow certain rules to be together, but Ed’s prepared to show him how wrong he is.

Toy Run is available to purchase from Dreamspinner Press.

 

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